Strengthening Spiritual Reconciliation through Theological Education: A Soul-Forming Conversation


  • Omar Palafox Abilene Christian University


Today, the Church carries out the Christian mission in different geographical, cultural, and social aspects. God's mission requires a transformation of the individual minister. Consequently, Liberation Theology, Integral Mission, and Pentecostal-Charismatic affiliations contribute to a solid theological education, as they all have a constructive and mutually beneficial influence. An adequate epistemology of faith education should be based on rationality, senses, or judgment. Theological education strengthens conversations while harmonizing with the Spirit of God. This educational process offers a dynamic, soul-forming dialogue between students and teachers. The spiritual welfare of students is essential for reconciliation. Reluctance to take direct instruction from the soul-forming process can lead to slow spiritual growth and distorted relationships. Church leaders, pastors, preachers, missionaries, and teachers still struggle when accepting direct instruction for deep spiritual practices. / This article addresses specific theological education issues and discusses aspects of missio Dei. Caring for soul-forming education is necessary for the Church to achieve its mission. A method for following the Spirit of God will enhance the spiritual formation and the proper involvement of students in theological education. Inquiry into how epistemology, curriculum, instruction, and ministry may influence meaningful collaboration for the soul is needed. A model of this kind of process should be capable of responding to the spiritual needs of students, forming them wholistically.

Author Biography

Omar Palafox, Abilene Christian University

Missionary & Professor